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tonight from abc news reporter jonathan karl. >> one count president obama has already used unmanned cia croan to strike more than 300 suspected terrorists targets. even more than his predecessor. but today we learn just how much authority the administration believes it has to kill without trial or evidence suspected terrorists. even american citizens. newly disclosed justice department document says american citizens tied to al qaeda can be killed if quote an informed high level official believes the target poses an imminent threat. document says it quote does not require the government to have clear evidence. case in point. this american citizen and top al qaeda leader link to several terror attack. he was killed in a 2011 drone strike. human wreaths advocate say the justice department memo goes way too far and. >> justifies essentially a claim that the executive branch can be judge jury and executio executioner. >>reporter: as soon as he became president barack obama stopped cia tactic like world trade center boarding that he considered torture but this justifies out right killin
this comes on the eve of hearings to confirm cia nominee john brennan. >> is secret war and just today in a sign of how per vasive and hidden it is the revealation that america has secret base in saudi arabia used to launch drones throughout the region, a tactic against terror which has grown 700% under the obama administration. whatever the benefit of the drone strikes, they have created enormous recentment among some here in the region who view the strikes as another sign of american arrogance. everywhere i travel from yemen. >> i think they are are not right. they are not right. this is our fight. >> to pakistan. >> you are hitting the dark leadership but the byproduct of this is anger. anger among the people. the innocent people who are getting killed. you are just creating more terrorists. >> now, the man who signs off on the kill list from a basement offense in the white house, john brnan about to be questioned in front of the world. >> i suggest that these targeted strikes against al-qaeda terrorists are, indeed, ethical and just. >> reporter: in pakistan alone there have been m
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